Edwards, George, 1694-1773. / A natural history of birds. Most of which have not been figur'd or describ'd, and others very little known from obscure or too brief descriptions without figures, or from figures very ill design'd.
T ~H I S Work having been delivered in Parts at different Times during the Term of about ten Years (counting from its Beginning to the Delivery of the laft Part) it was not at firIf poflible to give it a proper General Title, as it was then altogether uncertain where it might end: But fince the Book is now brought to a Conclufion, I thought it neceffiry to prefix the foregoing General Title Page. And as I have here an Opportunity publickly to fhew my Gratitude to the Prefident and Council of the Royal Society, for that diflinguifhing Mark of Fa- vour and Honour they were pleafed to confer upon me at their Grand Meet-0 ing on St. Andrew's Day, Anno 175o, by prefenting me with the f* Gold Medal (annually given on that Day) in Confideration of this Hiflory of Animals, which was juff then concluded: It might be deemed an unpardonable Omiflion and Negledt, fliould I forbear on this Occafion to return my humble Thanks to the Prefident and Council, as well as to the other Members of that Learned and ufeful Body, many of whom have, I know, been instrumental in procuring me this Favour and Honour. I muft likewife take this laft Opportunity to thank my Friends in general, that have any Ways contributed to this Hiftory, by furnifhing me with Matter to bring it to a Length, that I at firft imagined, it could never attain, as well as to thofe Gentlemen that have promoted the Defign, by continuing their ge-- nerous Subfcriptions through the whole Work. As Sight, and Steadinefs of Hand begin to fail me, I fhall here beg Leave to inr form fuch Gentlemen who have formerly employed me in Drawing, or any other Way, that I flhall for the future decline all fuch Bufinefs, and defire they would accept of my grateful Thanks for the Encouragement they have formerly given me. I muft * This was the Donation of Sir G o D F R E Y C O P LE rY, Bart. who gave a Sum of Money to the Royal Society, the Intereft of which he appointed annually to be dir(,ofed of by Truflees by hirn named, and after their Deceafe by the Prefident and Council of the Royal Society for the Time being, to any Perfon that fhould make any new I)ifcovery in Art or Nature, or perform any other Work that fhould be thought worthy of that Favour. But the Society judging it, of late Years, more Fligible and Honourable to give this annual Donation in form of a Medal, than to pay it in Money, caufed a Die to be cut, one Side of which has on it theDonor's Name, UCc. round it, and in the Middle a Device, viz. llMinerva, with the Symbols of the Sciences at her Feet, holding the Em- blem of Nature in her Left-Arm, her Right-Arm being extended with a Wrcath of Laurel in her Hand; and on her Shield are the Arms of Sir G o D F R E Y. The Reverfe has on it the Arms, Creff, Sup- porters, Motto, &c. of the Royal Society of London. A Cony of this Medal, cuiioifly engraved, you swill fee placed under the General Title of this Work.
This material may be protected by copyright law (e.g., Title 17, US Code).| For information on re-use, see http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/Copyright